Research Consultant

About us

The Research People is a humanitarian consultancy firm based in London working to support local humanitarian action and to develop robust tools for assessing outcomes. Our work focuses on three thematic areas: local humanitarian action, field innovation and decision making. We deliver research, evaluations, learning reviews and strategic support to humanitarian agencies responding to emergencies across Africa and Asia. Our goal is to deliver outstanding humanitarian consultancy that promotes more effective local response.

We are remote team based in the UK, Uganda, India, Egypt, South Sudan and the US. We work together through regular Skype meetings, Slack communication and bi-annual team retreats. We are therefore looking for someone who is self-motivated and confident working remotely.  

We are looking for a researcher to join our team who will assist us with projects in the thematic area of field innovation. This position is part time (3-4 working days per week) and will initially be a six-month maternity cover post at a salary of £35-37k.

Roles and responsibilities

  • Managing projects associated with the innovation portfolio.
  • Liaising with clients on the progress of projects and effectively managing client relationships. Conducting desk based research, remote in-depth interviews, and fieldwork where required.
  • Collating and analysing findings and drafting research reports.
  • Attending and facilitating team meetings.
  • Supporting learning opportunities for the team

Skills and experience (necessary)

  • Postgraduate degree in a relevant discipline.
  • Experience in project management, project delivery and stakeholder liaison.
  • Experience of the humanitarian or development sectors
  • Experience of a variety of research methods, including conducting interviews and focus groups.
  • Strong analytical skills.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to work remotely and independently with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to work under pressure and within tight timelines.
  • Ability to work in a remote and culturally diverse team.
  • Willingness to work on new areas that one might be unfamiliar with.

Skills and experience (desirable)

  • Experience working in the innovation sector in the humanitarian field (desired).
  • We are particularly interested in working with consultants and researchers from countries that are affected by conflict or disasters.

How to apply

Please send a CV and a cover letter by email to Lydia Tanner and Catherine Komuhangi at and

Closing date for applications: 21 May 2018

To learn more about The Research People and view some of our recent projects, visit Contact with questions.